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Concussion Treatment

Call 911 if the person:

  • Has vomited more than once
  • Has unequal pupils
  • Is dizzy, confused or agitated
  • Has weakness on one side of the body
  • Passes out or is unconscious
  • Is very drowsy or unable to wake up
  • Has neck pain after a fall
  • Has slurred speech
  • Is off-balance or has trouble walking
  • Has a seizure

  • Has vomited more than once
  • Has unequal pupils
  • Is dizzy, confused or agitated
  • Has weakness on one side of the body
  • Passes out or is unconscious
  • Is very drowsy or unable to wake up
  • Has neck pain after a fall
  • Has slurred speech
  • Is off-balance or has trouble walking
  • Has a seizure

 

 

1. Prevent Swelling and Further Injury

  • Have the person stop activity and rest.
  • Apply ice wrapped in a washcloth.

2. Treat Symptoms

3. Monitor Symptoms

  • If possible, stay with the person for 24 hours.

 

4. When to Call a Doctor

Anyone with a suspected concussion should be seen by a doctor. Once discharged, seek immediate medical care again if any of these symptoms develop:

Young children may not have the same symptoms as adults. Seek immediate medical help if your child will not nurse or eat after a head injury or if you cannot get them to stop crying.

5. Follow-Up

  • Symptoms will likely improve in 7 to 10 days. Call your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen.

 

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on September 28, 2015

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